Beauty Tech

Laser Hair Removal is available for home – but not for everyone

 I was in Bloomingdale’s recently and happened to see that a new hair removal contraption was available for purchase. The company TRIA has come to the market with a new Hair Removal Laser. The TRIA laser is the first hair removal laser FDA approved for home use. I was super skeptical about this technology being used by individuals at home and still am, but I needed to research it just the same.

Here’s some info from the Tria website:

How does laser hair removal work?

The laser targets dark pigments in the hair and releases heat. As pigments absorb the heat, hair follicles are inflamed and disabled, preventing hair from growing back. Since dark hair absorbs light much more readily than other hues, the laser is only effective on black or brown hair.

How does laser hair removal feel?

During treatment, many people feel a sensation similar to a rubber band snapping against their skin. Others describe flashes of heat or a prickling feeling. No need to fear! As hair grows thinner from the laser, the discomfort will ease.

What to expect with laser hair removal at home?

Since hair grows in cycles, it takes several laser treatments to remove hair for good. For long-lasting results, treatments should continue periodically and consistently over a few months. After about 6 treatments, most laser procedures are complete. With the TRIA Laser, you can be hair-free in as little as 6 months. 

What isn’t initially apparent is that this type of laser technology works similarly to the earlier waves of laser hair removers. Because the laser targets dark pigments to do its job, those with darker skin won’t be able to use this device safely. The Hair Removal Laser is only FDA-cleared for use below the neck so you should not apply it to your face, head, or neck (though you know some people will anyway). Applying near the eyes can cause permanent injury. Also, if you have gray, blonde, or red hair, this device isn’t for you either, as the laser will not have enough pigment to react to. If you’re not sure if the device is safe for your skin, it does come equipped with a built-in skin sensor to double check. I personally can tell right away from the chart they provide, that it’s a no no for me. 

If this at home type of technology proves safe and effective, I hope they will continue to develop it to deliver a device that can remove facial hair as well as hair on darker skin tones. If successful, I can see this product changing the lives of women who were, before, unable to afford the expense of laser hair removal in a clinic or doctor’s office.
If you’d like to learn more about the TRIA laser, visit

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